Tom Lynch has been appointed senior vice president, Commercial for the Americas by ground handling specialist Worldwide Flight Services (WFS).

The role, based in Dallas/Fort Worth and reporting to Mike Simpson, WFS executive vice president Americas, will see Tom Lynch develop the company’s sales capabilities through collaborative training and mentoring. He will work closely with the operations group to ensure successful implementation and ongoing operations with new and existing customers. Lynch will also work closely with WFS’ international commercial team to ensure alignment with the Group's strategy and objectives.

Tom Lynch brings 30 years of experience from across his previous B2B and B2C roles in industries including consumer goods, food and beverage, and waste disposal. He has worked with leading publicly traded companies as well as in the private equity environment and has a proven track record in driving revenue and margin growth, strategic market share expansion, improved employee retention and increased employee engagement.

Mike Simpson said: “Tom is recognised for his communication skills and ability to build strong relationships at all levels of the organisation, from the C-Suite to the front line. He will play a key role in our continued growth in the Americas and use his broad experience of other industries to inject innovative, fresh ideas to build our existing and new customer relationships.”

Commenting on his new role, Lynch added: “WFS has a strong and growing presence in the handling market in the Americas and I am excited to work with our sales team and operations group to identify the commercial benefits we can derive from demonstrating the scope of our network and the quality of our cargo and ground handling services.”

WFS operates 97 airport stations in North America – including the major North America airport hubs in New York JFK, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, and Houston – and a further 19 stations in South America (Brazil). In North America alone, WFS provides ground handing and passenger services for some 140,000 flights per annum and handles more than three million tonnes of cargo a year.